- Actors: Konstantin Habenskij, Sergej Bezrukov, Anna Koval'chuk, Nikolaj Burljaev, Egor Beroev
- Directors: Andrej Kravchuk
- Format: PAL, Import
- Subtitles: Unknown
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Run Time: 124 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- ASIN: B001O4EMZU
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
ADMIRAL (COMPLETE TV SERIES | 10 PARTS) [RUSSIAN LANGUAGE ONLY | NO SUBTITLES][PAL]
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In all fairness I must say that the first 20 minutes of the film are excellent. One of the best movie openings I have ever come across. Let's hope that the TV series will be released on DVD.
The Russian DVD version is "all regions," and although dialogue is in Russian, subtitles are available in English. The print is very good, although the version with subtitles is at times a bit jerky. Nevertheless, with such a marvelous film, and the chances of it being commercially released in the US so small, I must give this release five stars. It is well worth your time to search it out.
That today, some ninety years after the Bolshevik Revolution, the Russian government could support the production of such an epic (and generally favorable) account of the supreme leader of the White forces of the Russian Civil War is incredible in itself. And the film is well-worth the time and effort to acquire. Highly recommended.
Time and again, as I view magnificent Russian films such as 1612,House of Fools,War and Peace (Special Edition),Oblomov,Nest of the Gentry,Burnt by the Sun,The Old Fairy Tale: When the Sun Was God, (and many more), I can hardly believe how the Russian film-makers have achieved the superb quality of cinematography tenoned with infinitely watchable films which is the Hallmark of their work.
Here's the essential difference between a Russian film and a Hollywood production: In a Hollywood film, it's typically all about the actors. In the few instances where there could have been a good story, the commercially-oriented producers make the tale so predictable as to diminish the drama. With a Russian film, *all* the emphasis is on the story and the actors simply carry it out in the most artful way. Russian stories themselves are largely quite different from Western ones. In the West, we focus upon the *destination* -- in Russia, the *journey* is more highly valued and thus punctuated, such as one might encounter in poetry.
The story here is about a Russian Admiral, initially faced with fighting the Germans during World War I from his battleship. Of course the Russians signed a separate peace agreement with Germany subsequent to the 1917 Russian Revolution and after Lenin had seized the provisional government from Kerensky, even though the Allies fought on against the Kaiser and ultimately defeated him.
The Tsar and his family were murdered (not part of the film, but just to help in understanding what happens next) and the Red Bolsheviks [Communists] raged on in a Civil War against loyalists, the latter of whom retained a faction of the Russian Army and who received some marginal aid from their former allies of the war. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, Tsarists and the nobility, along with many military officers, were murdered by the Red Bolsheviks outright. The Civil War moved East and the Admiral who had successfully defeated the Germans in battle so valiantly from his ship had ultimately become Lenin's opposite and nemesis.
Great leader that he was, the Admiral was hardly a flawless man. He had a wife and child but he chose (or was emotionally compelled) to fall in love with a fellow officer's stunning wife. The account tracks these two soulmates across Siberia to a last stand against the Communists. It's a compelling tale and essentially a true one to boot.
The landscapes and sets are nothing short of spectacular, the cinematography is inspired, and the script is flawless. Gleb Matveychuk composed the magnificent filmscore, one which notably enhances nearly every scene, given it's essential Russian-ness. The subtitles are quite easy to read and the translation is perfect. This is 124 minutes of pure film-lover's delight. It's a 2008 production, shot in letterbox format -- it looks beautiful on a widescreen television.
You won't get hurt on this one -- my highest recommendation!